The business end of the NFL season is here and just eight teams remain in the hunt for a spot at Super Bowl LV, as the NFL Playoffs continue on ESPN Australia New Zealand.
ESPN Australia New Zealand will bring four live NFL Playoff games across Sunday January 17 and Monday January 18 AEDT.
Week One of the Playoffs already produced some incredible upsets and the stage is set for more of the unexpected in the divisional round.
Kicking off this week’s playoff action is the Los Angeles Rams trip to Green Bay at 8.30am AEDT on Sunday.
Sean McVay’s men will start outsiders against the Packers.
The Rams go into the divisional round with some injury concerns, with stars Aaron Donald (ribs) and Jarod Goff (thumb) both nursing complaints in the post-season.
Green Bay finished the regular season as the number one seed in the NFC, with a 13-3 record.
Los Angeles have been to the Super Bowl under McVay, but many expect Aaron Rodgers to lead the Packers back there in 2021.
Sunday’s action continues at 12.00pm AEDT as the Buffalo Bills host the Baltimore Ravens.
The Bills of 2021-21 have fans in Buffalo dreaming of a Super Bowl return for this first time since they achieved a record four straight appearances from 1991-1994.
A 13-3 regular season record saw the Bills grab the second seed in the AFC.
Buffalo edged their way past Indianapolis 27-24 on Wildcard Weekend, but will face a sterner test in the red-hot Ravens.
Baltimore had their struggles in the regular season, battling to an 11-5 record. However, the Ravens have found their groove in recent weeks, and currently are riding a six game winning streak.
Monday sees another massive double header of NFL Playoff action, kicking off with the Kansas City Chiefs clash against the Cleveland Browns at 7.00am AEDT.
Kansas City are the defending champions, and most NFL experts expect them to retain that crown this season.
The Browns stunned the NFL with their performance against Pittsburgh, their first playoff win in 26 years.
Cleveland shot out of the blocks against the Steelers, with four first-half touchdowns, all with a roster decimated by COVID.
However, it will be a different story against the Chiefs, who have dropped just two games all season.
The battle between young guns Patrick Mahomes and Baker Mayfield will be crucial to see who prevails in the AFC battle.
Can the Browns continue to ride the wave of hysteria emerging in Cleveland or will the Chiefs show why they are the favourites to raise the Vince Lombardi trophy once more.
ESPN’s divisional round coverage concludes at 10.30am AEDT, as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers travel to New Orleans to battle the Saints.
All eyes will be on the quarterback battle between two NFL legends Ton Brady and Drew Brees.
Brady won the plaudits for a slick quarterback display against Washington, whilst Brees was at his dominant best in New Orleans comfortable win over Chicago.
43-year old Brady and 42-year old Brees will look to display their evergreen talents one more time, both for their rivalry, and to help inch their side closer to a berth at Super Bowl LV.
New Orleans breezed past the Buccaneers with ease back in November, on their way to a 38-3 win.
But Tom Brady in the playoffs will be a different story entirely.
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NFL Playoffs on ESPN
Sunday January 17
8.30am AEDT, Green Bay Packers vs Los Angeles Rams, ESPN
12.00pm AEDT, Buffalo Bills vs Baltimore Ravens, ESPN
Monday January 18
7.00am AEDT, Kansas City Chiefs vs Cleveland Browns, ESPN
10.30am AEDT, New Orleans Saints vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers, ESPN
*All times listed are in AEDT